THE SENATE STANDARD – ISSUE 37
Dear Faculty Colleagues,
This week, we’ll be having an important Senate meeting. I invite all of you to attend.
While there are no new action items, I want to ensure that you take a peek at the “Current Action Items” section, as three important issues have final deadlines this week. If you’ve not yet reviewed these, please make a point to do that now. I’d particularly like to hear from more people on the first item so I have a good representation of faculty voices to share with Provost Cook.
Have a wonderful week, stay safe, and I hope to “see” you on Friday.
Senate Meetings / Minutes / Agendas
6/12/20 Senate Meeting noon -2pm – The agenda for this meeting is now available. Details for how to join this meeting online can be found on the Senate Calendar. You can add the event (and online joining details) to your own calendar by clicking the link above. We will be hearing from Khayree Williams, Director of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center, as well as Wayne Maines, Vice President, of Safety and Operations. All Full-Time Faculty are welcome to join us and will earn professional development credit for their attendance.
Important ACC Clinical Counseling Information for Students – Times are challenging right now, and students may benefit from some support. You can let your students know more about ACC’s Clinical Counseling Services by sharing the links below, which will take them to introductory videos about Counseling services. Note that a Spanish version of one of the videos is in production, but not ready quite yet. I will share it when it is available.
June 5th ASAC Meeting – At this meeting, the Senate brought forward a correction to the guidelines for AR 1.04.014 – Non-grade Related Academic Student Complaints. The guidelines required that the faculty member be given a report about the outcome of any appeals, but not the outcome of an initial complaint. Language was added to ensure that faculty members are made aware of initial complaints as well. In addition, the Senate requested changes to the membership of ASAC, to ensure that there is a more even balance of Administration and Faculty / Staff. Those suggestions were discussed and will be sent forward to the Shared Governance Review Council. Minor wording changes to clean up a math error were made to AR 6.07.002 Faculty Professional Development Hours. You can see more by following the above link to the ASAC page and reviewing the agenda.
Current Action Items (These are reminders for things I’ve already sent out):
Faculty Feedback Needed [June 10th @ 5:00pm ←LAST REMINDER] – Provost Charles Cook has asked the FT Faculty Senate to collect ideas for faculty development opportunities regarding our transition to online education. Please complete this form by June 10th at 5:00pm.
Review New Faculty Portal and Provide Feedback [June 12th @ 5:00pm ←LAST REMINDER] – I am excited to announce preview access for the latest edition to MyACC— MyACC for Faculty: https://facportal.apps.austincc.edu/.
MyACC is the personalized and customized approach to finding what you need, when you need it. While we are just getting started, MyACC includes commonly referenced online resources (Quick Links) as well as a host of options to get things done faster so you can focus more of your time on what is important.
MyACC Faculty is designed to:
• Help you quickly find the information you need
• Display resources by categories so it is easier to find & and easier to communicate where to find it for leaders
• Keep you informed by providing relevant and updated content
Teaching and Learning Academy [applications due June 15 ←LAST REMINDER] – You might want to consider participating in the 2020-2021 Teaching and Learning Academy. Anchored in the ACC Faculty Values and developed by twenty-five faculty for faculty, the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) contributes to student success by expanding faculty teaching practices. Essential to the Teaching and Learning Academy is the creation of a cohort of faculty who will learn from each other by exploring the scholarship, art, and passion of teaching.
The Teaching and Learning Academy offers faculty 4 courses. Each course is 15 hours that includes 12 hours of asynchronous online coursework. The remaining 3 hours are completed in a Cohort Meeting the last Friday of each course from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2020.
2020-2021 Committee Service Preferences Form [July 15th @ 5:00pm] – Submit your preferences to serve on crucial 2020-2021 committees and councils! Your service will ensure faculty members are heard in many policy-making meetings throughout the year. Please visit ACC Shared Governance for details about our role in shaping ACC policies and procedures. For more information about the councils/committees, and to express your interest to serve on one or more of them, please complete THIS FORM by July 15, 2020.
Annual Educational Level Adjustment [due July 31] – Human Resources is now going through the process of updating faculty education levels. If you received a new degree this year, please review the announcement and the form for more details.